Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 04:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 07:15 p.m.
The attorney representing Rickie Lee Fowler is bringing forward strong accusations these days.
Fowler faces capital charges from allegations that he is the perpetrator who set the 2003 Old Fire. The case against him was brought by the District Attorney through a grand jury indictment obtained at the end of the criminal statute of limitations period.
Now Don Jordan, an attorney on Fowler’s defense team, is turning up the heat on San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops, and former Deputy District Attorney now Superior Court Judge Victor Stull.
In an e-mail sent to InlandPolitics.com Jordan asserts Fowler is an innocent political pawn of the three men, who were all seeking election or reelection to their current offices.
The accusations really come as no surprise, especially when Ramos is involved.
Here’s what Jordan had to say in his October 17th e-mail that I followed-up by telephone.
I am one of the attorneys representing Rickie Lee Fowler (my name happened to come up on the capital case when the county needed an attorney on this capital case). Fowler is accused of starting the Old Fire in 2003. Now that I have finished going through the massive file, I have, to my great surprise, concluded that he actually had nothing to do with it. The difficult thing is that this very troubled individual asked for it at the time by making a series of absurd false confessions. He was already serving a lengthy prison sentence and, at the time, was unaware that being convicted of setting the fire could result in a death or life without possibility of parole sentence. He mistakenly thought that it would do no more than add a few years to his existing prison sentence.
I allege in the attached motion to dismiss that he was prosecuted even though the DA’s Office and the Sheriff’s Dept., and specifically Deputy DA Vic Stull (now a judge), knew or should have known that Fowler didn’t set the fire because the Sheriff and Mike Ramos needed a scapegoat for setting the fire. Ramos appointed Vic Stull, 27 years with the DA’s Office, about Dec. 2008 to “bring the case home.” Stull rammed it through the grand jury in Oct. 2009 to use in support of his then-pending campaign for judge. Stull presented none of the evidence showing that Fowler didn’t know anything about the fire (Fowler claimed it was started a mile from where it actually started and that it started four hours earlier). Stull also did not present any of the alibi evidence which would have shown that the three people Fowler falsely claimed he was with when one of them set the fire were in fact not there, and many other things (including talking the grand jury out of even hearing from one of those Fowler said was present).
I also attach a motion to recuse the entire DA’s Office because of my allegations that Ramos, the Sheriff, and Stull were willing to send an innocent man to death in order to further their political aims of garnering support for elective office.
The motions are set for hearing before Judge Rouse on Oct. 31, 2011 in dept. S12 (Judge Smith, who has been the judge assigned to the case, recused himself from these motions because he was on Vic Stull’s campaign committee when he was elected judge in June 2010). Jury trial is currently set for Jan. 9, 2012.
Click here to read the Fowler – Motion to Dismiss
Click here to read the Fowler – Motion to Recuse District Attorney
Jordan was admitted to the bar in August 1963 and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and attained his law degree at the University of California at Berkeley.
Expect more developments and accusations in this case.